Labour is traditionally the party of the working class
The Labour leader enjoyed a shocking surge of last minute votes at the June 8 election – buoyed by a “tsunami of support” from Britain’s young millenials and middle classes, according to polling expert John Curtice.
And while Prime Minister Theresa May failed to secure her much-needed majority, Mr Corbyn continues to insist his party is a “government in waiting”.
But a report has revealed that while Labour has abandoned many of its traditional working class voters, those are exactly who he needs to clinch power.
A report by Policy Network, whose president is former cabinet minister Lord Mandelson, claimed Labour’s support is strongest amongst the professional middle class “social liberals”, economically precarious young people and those on the very lowest incomes.
However if a second election was called, Mr Corbyn would need to win another 64 seats to get a majority – more than twice the net gains from June 8.
And to do so, the party needs to build support in other groups – particularly among C2 voters who struggle to “make ends meet”, described by Mrs May as the “just about managing”.
Mr Corbyn made an appearance at Glastonbury Festival this year
The report revealed 48 per cent of voters in the C2 income group voted Conservative last month, compared with 33 per cent for Labour.
Theresa May actively sought out this group, repeatedly aiming speeches at the so-called JAMs since she was first made leader of the Conservatives last year.
And almost half of the group (47 per cent) believe Labour has moved further away from its “traditional working-class supporters”, while just 22 per cent believing the party has moved closer to them.
The study also shockingly found overall most Labour voters – 39 per cent – felt the party no longer stood by its working class roots.
Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury Mon, June 26, 2017
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke to vast crowds from the Pyramid stage and the Left Field stage at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the Greenpeace area at Glastonbury Festival
Labour’s ‘core vote’ now is increasingly concentrated among the highest and very lowest earners in Britain
Policy Network report
The research said: “When we asked the public whether they believed that Labour has ‘moved closer or further away from its traditional working-class supporters’, only 27 per cent thought the party had moved closer and 39 per cent further away.”
It added: “That said self-identifying as working class makes voters nine points more likely to support the party.”
The findings come after an Ipsos Mori survey showed Labour achieved its best score among ABC1s (upper to lower middle class) since 1979 – increasing its vote share among the group by 12 points on 2015.
The C2 voters are traditionally described as skilled working class, and tend to earn approximately £21,000-34,000 a year.
And being a middle income earner within that pay bracket decreases the probability of voting Labour by 9 points compared to someone earning less than £14,000 per annum.
The report said: “Labour’s ‘core vote’ now is increasingly concentrated among the highest and very lowest earners in Britain.”